UEF is a multidisciplinary university, which offers teaching in more than 100 major subjects. It has four faculties: the Philosophical Faculty, the Faculty of Science and Forestry, the Faculty of Health Sciences, and the Faculty of Social Sciences and Business Studies.
UEF has extensive international relations and are involved in several international networks. Bilateral agreements of cooperation with approximately 100 universities abroad have been concluded.
The campuses are located in Joensuu and Kuopio. It has approximately 15,500 students and 2,500 staff members.